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Charging iPhone wirelessly: you should know that

Would you like to charge your iPhone wirelessly? Thanks to the so-called MagSafe charger, this is no problem with the iPhone 12 - it works with all four models. But older devices from the iPhone 8 onwards also allow charging without cables. We have summarized everything you need to know about the technology and correct handling for you here.

iPhone 12 with MagSafe

In order to be able to charge your iPhone wirelessly, a few requirements must be met. For example, if you have an iPhone 12, you can use the MagSafe charger. It has the advantage that the iPhone 12 can dock magnetically. You first have to connect the MagSafe charger to the Apple power supply via the USB-C port.

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Apple delivers the iPhone 12 without a power adapter: If you get one, make sure that it has at least 20 watts of power. You can also use compatible third-party power supplies; or connect the MagSafe charger to a Mac or PC via USB-C.

The simple “MagSafe charger” from Apple will be available at the end of 2020 for just under 44 euros. The price for the “MagSafe Duo Charger” is around 142 euros. This allows you to charge two devices that are compatible with the technology at the same time - for example an iPhone 12 and an Apple Watch Series 6. Apple introduced both chargers together with the iPhone 12 in autumn 2020. The devices are also compatible with other iPhone models from iPhone 8 onwards. However, you then have to forego magnetic docking.

iPhone 11 and older with Qi charging standard

All iPhone models that you can charge wirelessly support the Qi standard. Apple introduced wireless charging with the iPhone X and iPhone 8 in 2017. You can also charge all subsequent models wirelessly, for example the iPhone XR, the iPhone XS and the iPhone 11. And also the cheap and handy iPhone SE (2020) supports this practical feature.

If you wish, you can retrofit older iPhone models to charge them wirelessly too. This includes, for example, the still widespread iPhone 6s. You usually connect the corresponding accessories to your iPhone via the Lightning connector. Mostly it is a Qi cover.

You can use these charging stations

There are various charging stations that support the Qi standard and enable inductive charging of the iPhone battery. Before buying, you should use the information on the device to check whether the station is actually compatible with your iPhone model.

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Apple itself recommends charging stations from Belkin and Mophie, for example. This includes the “Belkin Boost Up 7.5W Wireless Charging Pad” model. Alternatively, you can also use charging stations from Logitech or Anker, for example. Stations compatible with the iPhone are available from just under 20 euros.

You have to keep this in mind when charging wirelessly

The coil for wireless charging of the battery according to the Qi standard is located on the back of the iPhone. Accordingly, you have to place the iPhone with the display facing up on the charging station so that it can be charged. It is best to place the iPhone as centrally as possible on the station. As soon as the charging process has started, the lightning bolt icon appears on the iPhone screen in the toolbar.

You should also make sure that you don't use an overly thick protective cover. This should not be thicker than five millimeters. To prevent problems, it is best to place the iPhone on the charging station without a protective cover. It is also important that no other magnetic objects are nearby. Accordingly, you should, for example, remove a credit card or ID card from the cover and possibly take off tags.

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Good to know: If the iPhone is connected to another device via USB, for example a PC, wireless charging does not work. Your iPhone may also get warm while charging. In order to protect the device, the charging process is automatically stopped if the battery is too hot as soon as the battery has reached 80 percent capacity.

Charge your iPhone wirelessly: In a nutshell

  • Starting with the iPhone 8, all models support wireless charging according to the Qi standard
  • Corresponding charging stations from third-party providers are available for as little as 20 euros
  • Since the end of 2020, you can also use Apple's MagSafe chargers - but magnetic docking only works with the iPhone 12
  • The best thing to do is to charge the iPhone wirelessly without a protective cover
  • Magnetic objects should not be nearby
  • Wireless charging does not work if your iPhone is connected to another device via USB
  • If your iPhone gets too warm while charging, the process is automatically paused at 80 percent capacity

Are you one of those people who wirelessly charge your iPhone? Or do you trust the Lightning cable more than a Qi or MagSafe charger? Let us know your experiences in a comment!

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